Jack Grealish once preferred Manchester United to Manchester City.
He’s obviously Aston Villa through and through, but old tweets that have since resurfaced show he leaned more toward the Red Devils than City.
Manchester clubs faced off in a 2011/12 Premier League title race which is arguably the biggest crescendo in English football league history with Sergio Aguero scoring THIS goal against QPR on the final day.
Before all the drama unfolded, Grealish tweeted: “The football is on! Please win and lose the city, I can’t see the city win lol, come to the villa too, ”he wrote before using the hashtag“ #prayforstan ”in reference to the former captain of Aston Villa Stiliyan Petrov, who was diagnosed with leukemia.
City beat United at the Etihad Stadium 1-0 two weeks earlier and Grealish was also ready for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men.
He tweeted: “On my way to practice, finally I’m back to training and the sun is shining, absolutely BUZZING for tonight’s game, go REDS.”
Fantastic performances in Villa’s first season in the top flight, in the 2019/20 season, led to rumors linking Grealish to a move to Old Trafford, however, he put them to bed when he signed a new contract with his club.
A year later, rumors surrounding a Grealish exit continue, but United rivals City are the only club actually vying for him.
The Villa captain, 25, has made his love for his childhood club very clear, but an offer from City will be very tempting.
Grealish would play alongside his “favorite player” in Kevin De Bruyne if he made the trip.
Of De Bruyne, Grealish said last year: “I’m half amazed when I play Kevin De Bruyne because he’s my favorite player of all time.
“I think he’s amazing, I think he’s the best player in the Premier League by far at the moment.
“He’s someone I personally admire right now and I try not to base my game on him, but to try to take elements of his game and put them into mine.”
City are also said to be after Grealish’s English teammate Harry Kane. If they land the two players, Pep Guardiola’s men will become even more formidable than they already are.
Kane is apparently trying to force a move towards the Etihad by not showing up at the training ground as scheduled on Monday morning.
This contrasts with Grealish who joined his Villa teammates for pre-season training after his vacation, which was extended due to his excursions to Euro 2020.
With Kane in the lead and provided by Grealish, Phil Foden and De Bruyne, it will be very difficult to stop them next season.
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